With a destination in mind and the luggage packed, it’s time to hit the road.

We back out of the driveway and turn right at the corner. Getting out of our immediate neighborhood is easy because we’ve gone this way before. The scenery is familiar and we’ve traveled these streets many times. To the grocery store. To church. To the doctor’s office. To school.

However, the time comes to make another turn and merge onto a highway headed out of town. We’re soon out of our comfort zone and every mile puts us further from home. The view out the window is strange.

At first, we’re excited about the adventure. Then, uncertainty sets in. Are we headed in the right direction? Is this really the road we should be on? How do we make sure we don’t miss the next turn?

So, what do we do? Ask the navigator. The one with the map or the computer-generated voice of the GPS system. The one with the step-by-step directions and a big picture view of the journey. In our family, that’s me. The one with the giant (outdated) road atlas trying to calculate how much further to the next town big enough to have a McDonald’s.

My mom and I once took a road trip to watch my husband’s football team play a game over five hours away. She’d just gotten a GPS system and we had a lot of fun listening to the woman’s voice tell us our next turn was in 95 miles. And helping us find the closest gas station. We found ourselves relying on her voice, even when she led us to a grassy park instead of a football field. Oops. At that point, we had to ask the people who actually lived there for help finding the game.

Yet, the GPS directions reminded me of a favorite verse in college – “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it.'” (Isaiah 30:21 NIV)

What about you? Do you ever doubt your path? Where do you turn for directions along the way? Who do you consider a reliable source of information?

Road Trip – Navigating
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3 thoughts on “Road Trip – Navigating

  • October 16, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    >I have been a careless navigator several times. Too much talking, not enough thinking!


  • October 16, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    >Hi Candee –

    I get in trouble when a road sign doesn't match my written directions. Usually, I'll stop to verify I'm on the right track.

    With my writing, it's easy to veer down rabbit trails because I love non-fiction as well as fiction. I'm focusing on my fiction and getting my books ready for submission.

    Susan ๐Ÿ™‚

  • October 18, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    >Oooo…good question.
    I tend to be too independent sometimes. When I'm doubting my path, I pray for God's guidance. I think most people do that, but what do we hear as our answer.
    I hope God is answering me by showing me realism through other "chosen" people. We're here for each other and we can help each other get back on the right path.

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